AGPMPN, AHAPN call for health re­form, in­dus­trial har­mony

The Punch - - HEALTH - Dayo Ojerinde

THE As­so­ci­a­tion of Gen­eral and Pri­vate Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers of Nige­ria and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hos­pi­tal and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Phar­ma­cists of Nige­ria have called for a health re­form and in­dus­trial har­mony.

The Chair­man of the La­gos State Chap­ter of AGPMPN, Dr Tunji Ak­in­tade, in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent, said a re­form of the health sec­tor in La­gos State would ad­dress the chal­leges fac­ing the state health in­sur­ance scheme.

“We got a let­ter in Novem­ber from the La­gos State Gov­ern­ment, which said they wanted to re­view the La­gos State Health Law. I be­lieve this is long over­due. There is a need for health re­form in the state and we com­mend the gov­ern­ment for think­ing in this di­rec­tion.

“The con­tent of the re­form must come up with so­lu­tions that will ad­dress cur­rent is­sues re­lat­ing to the state health in­sur­ance. The cost­ing is abysmally low. We can­not price the health of the pub­lic ser­vice and the pri­vate sec­tor to­gether. The pri­vate sec­tor has taxes and over­head costs to set­tle, while gov­ern­ment can­not pay tax to it­self,” he said.

Ak­in­tade also urged state gov­ern­ment to make avail­able a health bank to fur­nish and ser­vice health fa­cil­i­ties in the state.

“Qual­ity health de­liv­ery comes with a price. There must also be clar­ity and trans­parency in the sys­tem. We do not have a real sys­tem in the health sec­tor and that is one of the prob­lems of the health in­sur­ance scheme,” he added.

The Na­tional Chair­man, AHAPN, Dr Kings­ley Ami­bor, in a state­ment is­sued on Tues­day, called for in­dus­trial har­mony in the health sec­tor.

“We are col­lab­o­rat­ing with our par­ent body, the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria, reg­u­la­tory agen­cies like the Phar­ma­cists Coun­cil of Nige­ria, the Na­tional Agency for Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­trol, as well as sis­ter as­so­ci­a­tions, such as the Nige­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of Phar­ma­cists and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­en­tists in the Amer­i­cas, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Phar­ma­cists of Nige­ria, the Nige­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dus­trial Phar­ma­cists, the Nige­rian As­so­ci­a­tion of Phar­ma­cists in Academia and sev­eral oth­ers to achieve our cor­po­rate goals.

“We are not at log­ger­heads with the gov­ern­ment. We are ready to part­ner with any and all groups, in­clud­ing the me­dia, that will as­sist us to achieve our goals.

“Based on the need to main­tain trans­parency and in­tegrity at all times, we did as­sure our mem­bers of an open door pol­icy with ac­count­abil­ity as our watch­word.

“We have def­i­nitely made progress with our eight-point agenda. We are also work­ing hard and fast to­wards the in­sti­tu­tion­al­i­sa­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal care in our hos­pi­tals. Our spe­cial­i­sa­tion agenda is on course and our pub­lic en­light­en­ment cam­paigns are equally on course,” Ami­bor said.

He added that the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ef­forts at in­te­grat­ing its mem­bers un­der one um­brella were also yield­ing pos­i­tive re­sults.

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